by Kristen Parker
With a 36 year history of rivalries between the two schools, the “Classic City Championship” between Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central in “the Jungle” was much anticipated. This was the 44th meeting of the two teams in “The Jungle”. Considered one of the greatest rivalries in Georgia and east of the Mississippi, the battle did not disappoint.
Located five miles from each other in Athens, Georgia, Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central share this rivalry and ‘live’ the game 365 days a year. “From little league, it is just a buildup for when it is going to be for real,” said Milton Gresham, a linebacker for the Gladiators from 1984-1987. “On the field, you really hate these guys. After the season, you support each other.”
After the first kick of the game, Clarke Central recovered a Cedar Shoals fumble and ran seven yards to score for the first touchdown. After their third touchdown in the first half, Cedar Shoals fought back and scored two touchdowns. The score entering halftime was 20-12. Clarke Central ruled the second half, however, and continued to dominate on the field. The final score was 41-12.
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- Clarke Central vs. Cedar Shoals – 2010